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Part 1: Shifting From Android To Web Development

Learning to make front end web applications requires learning a few things in parallel—the language, the framework of choice, the test framework, the build system, and the different ways you can style things. This post will help you map your knowledge of Android to the equivalent in web in 5 easy steps.

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Shake is Hiring for Talented Technologists!

One of our clients, Shake, is looking to hire! Shake is a mobile-first agreement platform that allows people to create, sign and send plain English yet legally-binding agreements. At Shake we believe in building amazing products, but we also believe the experience of building should be amazing too.

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Retail Apps Report – 2014 U.S. Edition

History of the U.S. Retail Apps Report

A year has passed since our U.S. Retail Apps Report – 2013 Edition. By including rankings, reviews, and commentary about major brands like Walgreens, Amazon, and Best Buy, it attracted the attention of leading publications such as Forbes, Mobile Commerce Daily, and Biz Report.

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Wear that Android

A few weeks ago, Google announced Android Wear – a development platform for extending Android to wearable technologies. This is an effort by Google to stay up-to-date with current trends over the past year which have seen the rise of wearable technologies such as the Pebble, JawboneUP, FitBit, etc.

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The little green Droid's take on TDD

Test-driven development is an iterative process of writing automated tests that define a feature before development, writing code to pass the tests, and finally refactoring the code to meet project architecture standards. The concept has been an integral part of software development since 1999 and Kent Beck championed it as part of the Agile Manifesto.

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Do we still love tablets?

This past week the Pivotal PM team engaged in a discussion about a blog post that claimed that our love affair with tablets was over.

It seems that many of us have tablets and use them in a variety of ways.

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Practical Android Design

This article was originally published on Emir Hasanbegovic‘s blog.

I have seen many design mockups for Android applications that were beautiful but did not translate appropriately to devices. The mock up/design process tends to happen separately or before the development process and reconciling the two can become a time-consuming process.

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How to increase the performance of the Android Emulator

Many of you know how slow the emulator is. Programmers are likely to have finished development and submitted the app to the Play Store before the emulator is done booting up. Fortunately, Google announced that the emulator can now run native on the machine, therefore performing much faster.

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Even Better Parsing of JSON Data on Android

Last spring I wrote a post about how to parse JSON data efficiently on Android using Google GSON’s JsonReader class. I’m happy to report that I’ve found an even easier way to do the same thing! Google’s GSON is a marvellous thing.

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5 Common Mistakes Made By Android Developers

We do a lot of Android software development at Xtreme Labs. Every two months we have a retrospective meeting to look back and reflect on the exciting discoveries, petty frustrations, and disseminate our findings to the group. There are some lessons that we’ve learned time and time again.

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